I love making a pot of soup on a cold day but today I just wanted to get in the kitchen and cook! So I made up a recipe for a veggie minestrone style soup. I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I had lots of veggies in the house to use up. I did not sacrifice any flavor here and kept it healthy and low-fat.
Use a large pot for this, when heated add olive oil then onions,celery & garlic,red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Saute until soft but still crisp. Add carrot and cook 3 more minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, and seasonings, parsley. When it comes to boil, add orzo and turn heat down to low medium and cook for 45 min to 1 hour minimum. Serve hot and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and some toasted garlic bread.